This is gonna be a long one...
Awww here goes...
I'm in an odd situation right now. I'm in a boarding school is the US right now. I have myself an ibanez iceman and a 20 W Roland Cube. I'm in a small band here with some of my school mates, and it's perfect for band practices. For actual shows we use the array of amps my school already has set up for the open mic nights we play in. But now here's the problem... i've been saving up for quite some time and i've finally got myself a good 1500$. I'm gonna be coming back to India over summer and going to start jamming and quite possibly gigging with a band that I formed in December. I'm pretty sure my Roland Cube wont suffice for gigging esp. at large venues such as schools. The artists that I play are on the heavy side... stuff like Disturbed, Rage Against the Machine, Papa Roach, quite a bit of Punk (Blink 182, GC, FOB etc), and some classic rock (GNR, Zeppelin to name a few), so i'm definitely looking for a tube amp and no solid state bullshit.
So the confusion is
1. Can I really get an amp that will
a) Last me for the next few years
b) Give me sound loud enough for gigging
c) Sustain travel b/w indian and the US, twice a year
d) Give me the tone I desire
2. Can I even take an amp in a plane. I guess I should be able to check it in? Has anyone ever done this? I'm flying continental
3. Should I buy a new guitar now, or wait and lay in a nice pair of seymore duncans. It's been 1.5 half years since i've been playing and the iceman is my 2nd electric and third guitar. I really wanna venture into the realms of feedback manipulation and high pitched squeals with a floyd rose tremolo. I'm already having a blast messing around with my whammy pedal.
4. I have a line 6 tone port UX2 that I use for recording guitar and bass for my band, I wanted to buy a nice mic + whatever I need to get decent vocals down.
Thanks in advance!